Updated / Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 06:00
The Environmental Protection Agency has described as unacceptable the levels of raw sewage being released into the environment on a daily basis.
A report from the EPA has found that untreated sewage from the equivalent of 77,000 people in 36 towns and villages is discharged every day.
Waste water is one of the main threats to water quality and the EPA says repeated delays in eliminating raw sewage discharges pose a risk to the environment and to public health.
According to the Urban Waste Water Treatment 2018 report, 36 towns and villages release untreated sewage every day into our coastal water and rivers.
Half of it comes from just three areas – Arklow in Co Wicklow, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford and Cobh, Co Cork.
The agency said the underlying problem in many cases is a lack of adequate treatment infrastructure and said the pace at which Irish Water is fixing the problem is too slow.
The report also found waste water treatment in 21 out of the 169 large town and cities did not meet national and EU standards last year. That was a slight improvement on 2017.
The agency also said it is not acceptable that 13 towns and villages will still have no waste water treatment.
The 36 towns and villages where raw sewage is released into the environment are:
Howth (Doldrum Bay)
Whitegate – Agada
Coolatee Housing Scheme